White iPhone 4 kits could send teenage Del Boy to jail

Selling white iPhone 4 parts could bring trouble for a 17-year old entrepreneur, with an accusation that he sold stolen goods threatening him with prison.

A modern-day Derek Trotter has been threatened with jail for setting up a business that turns the normal, black  iPhone 4  into the fabled,  white iPhone 4 .

17-year old New Yorker Fei Lam was responsible for setting up WhiteiPhone4Now. The site sells a DIY kit that allows you to take your iPhone 4 apart and replace the black covers with white ones, reports the New York Observer.

His venture was spotted by various websites including our sister site CNET.com , and earned him cash running into six figures. Lam buys up spare, white iPhone 4 parts provided by a connection with Apple's overseas supplier Foxconn, and ships them off to customers.

But the business has earned him some unwanted attention. Lam received a letter accusing him of selling stolen goods, which could mean a huge fine, or a period in the clink. Lam said, "I got an email from a private investigator accusing me of selling stolen goods, which I'm 100 per cent sure is not the case."

"They are some kind of anti-counterfeit/trademark firm, which sounds ridiculous, similar to what Apple is bringing up to remove White iPhone 4 Listings on eBay. I don't know how this legal stuff works."

Lam doesn't intend to take down the site, and is looking to contact a lawyer.

So far, Lam has sold more than 470 of the conversion kits, with people spending around $300 (about £189), to make themselves the target of muggers everywhere. The conversion process involves you voiding your warranty by taking the device apart, and sticking it all back together with the white iPhone 4 back panel, front panel and home button provided.

The publicity may get Lam more business, especially it is very unlikely that we will ever see a white iPhone 4. It has been delayed more times than we can be bothered to count , and there is currently no sign of it on the Apple store.

Image credit: Whiteiphone4now 


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